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Award Winners

Penny Simkin '59
Penny Simkin '59

Arabella Carter Award

Arabella Carter was one of the great unsung heroes who worked for peace and social justice in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in the early 1900s. She never sought publicity or recognition for her work and was largely forgotten by all but Friends Historical Library archivists, who saw her hand in Quaker peace and social justice work over three decades. She appears to have received no monetary compensation for all these services, living simply on family money. The award, established in 1997 by the Alumni Council and presented each year at reunion, honors alumni who have made significant contributions as volunteers in their own communities or on a regional or national level. This year's award went to Penny Simkin '59.


Penny Simkin '59
John Gillmor '59

Joseph Shane Award

This award honors a Swarthmore alumnus/a who, over an extended period of time, has contributed both time and service to significantly benefit the College. It was established in 1985 in honor of the late Joseph B. Shane '25, who served Swarthmore College as vice president for alumni affairs and public relations for more than 21 years. Joe's service to the College went beyond a simple job description - his warmth, humor, dedication to the College, and Quaker spirit made a lasting mark on Swarthmore and all who knew him. This year's award went to John Gillmor '59.


Penny Simkin '59
Sam Awuah '94 accepting for his brother, Patrick '89

Eugene M. Lang '38 Impact Award 

Established in 2010, is presented annually on Alumni Weekend to an alumnus or alumna who, in his or her vocation, has made an impact on society at large. In naming this award for Eugene Lang, Alumni Council recognized his impact in both his business career and his philanthropy. This year's ward went to Patrick Awuah '89.